SACRAMENTO – The full state Assembly unanimously approved a bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) to increase apprenticeship opportunities for Californians with an intellectual or developmental disability.
“California has created more than 3 million jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010,” Frazier said. “But there has been minimal growth in the employment rate for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities in that time.”
Assembly Bill 1019 would make changes to the Division of Apprentice Standards’ Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship to create more apprenticeship opportunities for Californians with disabilities.
“With the economy at near full employment and employers scrambling to fill jobs, we have a very capable workforce in the IDD population that is being under-utilized,” Frazier said. “The employment rate for those with disabilities is far too low. We must do more to help this population reach their full potential to live independent and productive lives. AB 1019 will put advocates in a position to create more apprenticeship opportunities tailored for the IDD population.”
AB 1019 is sponsored by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and has enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support throughout the legislative process. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which encompasses a large cross section of the Delta in Central Solano, Eastern Contra Costa and Southern Sacramento counties, and includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.
CONTACT: Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011 Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov